If you are a 80 year old granny in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan or Hong Kong, you will probably either be practising Tai-Chi in the park in the morning, having ‘Yam-Chia’ in a tea-house in the afternoon or watching TV with your grandchildren in the comfort of your home at night.

However in Singapore, you will most likely be sweeping the floor, washing the dishes, scavenging for cardboard or begging for money outside temples.

Photo by lianhewanbao
Photo by lianhewanbao

An 80 year old Singaporean dishwasher, Madam He Jinyu, was found dead in the toilet of ABC hawker center in Redhill where she has been working for the last six years. According to her supervisor, Madam He worked daily from morning till night and only had two days off a month.

This news is reported on September 18, 2012, and republished to highlight the sorry state of Singaporean elderly.